Good News Club Gets Bad News

Check out this article on AlterNet!

It seems that certain people in Portland, Oregon are aware that the teachings of the Good News Club, that insidious evangelical organization that uses children to proselytize in public schools, isn’t all sweetness and light.

[a] coalition called Protect Portland Children is stepping up outreach to local media, parents, child advocates and school administrators. Protect Portland Children says they mean no disrespect for local churches and volunteers. Rather, they hope to “spread the word that the Good News Club’s extreme teachings can be psychologically harmful to children” and that Child Evangelism Fellowship “is now targeting Portland with a major recruiting campaign.” “One of our goals is to help the next city they target and to make this a national conversation,” says member Kaye Schmitt.

Good on them! This needs to be a national conversation.



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